With the summer of Legendary Pokémon quickly coming to a close, Pokémon Go Trainers are curious about what’s next when it comes to the epic creatures. With Mewtwo, Mew, Ho-Oh, Celebi, and the Legendary dogs still waiting to be seen in the game, trainers hope the remaining Pokémon will make their way into the current release system of raid battles, and it seems a recent letter from Niantic has reignited speculation it will be sooner rather than later.
Niantic sent out the email (via Pokémon Go Hub) to players on August 10th, informing them of the success of Japan’s Pokémon Go Park event currently underway. In true Pokémon Go fashion, the email also highlights other events that have already come and gone, including the presence of Articuno and Moltres in level-five raids. However, it’s the final line that has made the community speculate that more Legendary Pokémon are coming soon. “Team up with your fellow Trainers and line up your Pokémon carefully when battling these extremely powerful and rare Legendary Pokémon,” the email read. “Good luck, Trainer. Be prepared for more legendary adventures!”
Of course, the word “legendary” sparks the immediate thought that Niantic is subtly teasing more of the powerful Pokémon. While it’s guaranteed more Legendaries will make their way into the game, it’s difficult to say that this is, for sure, a purposeful hint. On the one hand, Niantic has already been teasing the upcoming August 14th event in Japan, Pokémon Go Stadium, as a place for new content, which will probably be the introduction of Ho-Oh due to the timing of Zapdos leaving raids the same day. On the other, Niantic is careful with its wording, and whenever referencing actual Legendary Pokémon, it follows the series’ format of capitalizing the word, as seen elsewhere the email in question. However, the final line about “legendary adventures” has the word in lower case, which probably means it was a convenient and fun play on words for the topic—not a sneaky tease of anything specific.
A more interesting question is how Niantic will introduce the remaining Legendaries from the first two generations. They could stick with the level-five raid system, or Niantic could easily change up the current format to more closely follow the core game series. For example, the three Legendary dogs from the Gold and Silver era—Entei, Raikou, and Suicune—had to be tracked down several times by players, as they would roam the region to escape capture. As Niantic already has region-exclusive Pokémon in place, such as Kanghaskhan in Australia and Tauros in the U.S., having the three dogs move from region to region over time could be an interesting way to keep true to the series’ lore, while also avoiding making raids stale too quickly. However, fans will ultimately have to wait until the Pokémon Go Stadium event to see if anything new pops up.
Pokémon Go is currently available for free download on iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant